As we bid farewell to the old year and welcome the new one, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate with kids than to engage in crafty activities together. Crafting not only enhances creativity but also provides an opportunity for children to express themselves and builds lasting memories and traditions.
Here are some fun New Year’s crafts tailored for kids ages 5-12:
1. New Year’s Party Hats
Get the festivities started by crafting personalized party hats. First, make a cone-shaped hat by drawing a half-circle on a piece of paper using a compass or pencil tied to a string, cutting it out, forming a cone, and taping it at the base. Then unleash the imagination with a variety of custom decorations. We recommend colorful markers, stickers, streamers, puff balls, plastic shaped buttons, and glitter.
2. Countdown Clocks
Create anticipation for the stroke of midnight with DIY countdown clocks. Use paper plates or cardboard circles as the base, and have the kids divide them into 12 sections to represent the hours on a clock. Allow them to decorate each section with different colors and patterns. Add moving clock hands using a brad fastener. As the clock approaches midnight, they can turn the hand to count down the hours to the New Year.
3. Confetti Poppers
What’s a New Year’s celebration without confetti? Help your kids make DIY confetti poppers by tying a knot at one end of the balloon, cutting the top off, and stretching/taping the other end over an empty toilet paper roll. Decorate the roll with festive colors and fill with cut pieces of tissue paper or cut metallic paper pieces. Place a piece of tissue paper and a rubber band over the end to wait for the big moment. When the clock strikes midnight, pull the balloon and snap it, releasing a shower of celebratory confetti.
4. Wishing Wands
Encourage positive vibes for the New Year by crafting wishing wands. Provide plain wooden dowels for the kids to decorate with ribbons, glitter, and beads. Attach a small jingle bell or a star cutout to the top and encourage them to write or draw their wishes for the upcoming year on the star. Wave the wands as a symbolic gesture to send their wishes into the universe.
5. Vision Boards
Introduce the concept of vision boards to inspire your kids to visualize their dreams and aspirations for the coming year. Provide poster boards, magazines, scissors, and glue. You might also use a template to help get ideas flowing. Encourage your child to cut out images and words that represent their goals, dreams, and things they look forward to in the New Year. As they arrange and glue these elements onto their boards, discuss the importance of setting positive intentions and keeping visual reminders around. This meaningful exercise can teach children about the power of visualization and positive thinking.
Start the Year Off Inspired!
As the clock ticks down to the New Year, these crafts will not only keep your kids entertained but also foster creativity and a sense of excitement for the possibilities that lie ahead. So, gather the art supplies, set up a crafting station, and let the New Year’s crafting festivities begin! And if you’re in the Hamptons / East End of New York, stop by and visit The Shine Studio for crafting supplies, inspiration, and fun.